Membership CPD Pre-reg Portfolio

The Board


Sheelin McKeagney – Chair

Sheelin registered as a pharmacist with the PSNI in 1991 and is the currently the representative for community pharmacy on the Rebalancing Legislation Programme Board.  Sheelin has is a past Chair of CPNI and the Chairman of the Southern Local Commissioning Group, a sub-committee of the Health and Social Care Board. He practices as community pharmacist in Lurgan.  Sheelin is chair of the Pharmacy Forum NI Policy and Practice Committee.  Sheelin was elected to the Pharmacy Forum NI Board in September 2015.



Victoria Knowles – Vice Chair 

After graduating from Queens University Belfast in 2012, Victoria completed her pre-registration training in Andersons Pharmacy in Portadown, where she also worked throughout her pharmacy degree. Since registration Victoria has working as a locum pharmacist gaining experience in various community pharmacy settings, both multiple and independent, and providing care to patients from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Victoria has a keen interest in the development of various pharmacy services and have witnessed very positive patient outcomes, gaining much fulfilment; particularly through MURs and substitute prescribing.  Victoria has also worked for the NPA as Member Relationship Manager.  Victoria was elected to the Pharmacy Forum NI Board in September 2015.


R Anderson

Raymond Anderson – Elected Board Member 

Raymond has experience of working in Community Pharmacy for over thirty-four years, which has enabled him to gain an understanding of the issues facing pharmacy both locally and nationally. His current post is as a partner at Andersons Pharmacy, Portadown. He is an Independent Pharmacy Prescriber since 2007 and held hypertension and hyperlipidaemia clinics in a GP surgery on a weekly basis until 2015.

Raymond has been appointed to many advisory committees and has been a  Member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, holding the post of  Treasurer from 2002 to 2005 and President from 2006 to 2009. He has been a member of DHSS&PS Central Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee  and is a past Chairman. He sits on the Professional Development committee at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

With a strong interest in pharmacy issues in Europe and the Commonwealth, Raymond is currently President of the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association, elected representative for the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) for Northern Ireland and member of the Pharmaceutical Society of N.Ireland’s Pharmacy Forum.

Raymond was appointed to the post of clinical lead Pharmacist to C&B Primary Care Partnership in 2012 and subsequently to C&B Integrated Care Partnership in 2013. He brings his breadth of experience to the ICP and was elected Chair in June 2014.



Francis Ann Archibald – Elected Board Member 

Francis-Ann graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1999 and completed her pre-registration year with Boots in Banbridge. Over the last eleven years she has carried out different roles from relief Pharmacist to various store management and area positions for Boots throughout North and Southern Ireland. Her most recent Area position involved being responsible for 11 diverse business’ in the north west of the province – from small local pharmacies serving the healthcare needs of a close knit community to high St and city centre locations, this covered all socio-economic groups.

In her position is Store Manager of Boots Foyleside in Derry, she strives each day to achieve exemplar customer service in my store and ensure it is a great place to work in for my team.

Throughout Francis Ann’s Pharmacy career she has always had a particular interest in health promotion, drug user services, having gained unique insights whilst working in Dublin and investing quality time with her pre-reg and summer students. She appreciates the time invested in me and therefore see the importance of doing the same to the Pharmacists of the future.


Anne McAlister Chair of the Pharmacy Forum NI

Anne McAlister – Elected Board Member 

Anne McAlister is the Representation Manager for the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in Northern Ireland. The role combines working with NPA members and stakeholders to represent the interests of independent community pharmacy to policy makers and to raise the profile of community pharmacy. Anne brings to this role extensive experience working in community pharmacy, having managed a busy pharmacy, completed a diploma in community pharmacy and been involved in pre-registration and Accuracy Checking Technician training. Through her work, Anne is keen to realise the potential of community pharmacists in extending their role in primary care.  She also has a particular interest in public health in Pharmacy due to her involvement with Health Living Pharmacies in England and is part of the HSCB Health Alliance to develop public health structures in pharmacy in Northern Ireland.  Since being elected to the Pharmacy Forum NI Board in 2011, Anne has completed two terms as Chair of the Forum, overseeing a Scheme of Delegation within the Society to separate professional leadership and regulation.  She has also served on the Education committee and is a current member of the Policy and Practice Committee.



Dr. Kate McClelland – Elected Board Member 

Kate registered in 1986, she trained pharmacy assistants, technicians, worked as a locum, trained pharmacists for NICPLD and works now a community pharmacy contractor. She was a practice pharmacist in 1996 for a GP practice in Belfast and was appointed to the Lisburn Health and Social Care Group. Kate was also was elected onto the Pharmaceutical Society Council. She was President of the Pharmaceutical Society and represented Northern Ireland on PGEU (Pharmaceutical Group of EU) as Head of the UK delegation.



Niamh McGarry – Elected Board Memeber 



Roberta Tasker – Elected Board Member 

Roberta is Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society and is one of the most respected pharmacists in Northern Ireland. Roberta was elected to the Pharmacy Forum NI Board in 2014.  Roberta was President of the Pharmaceutical Society for Northern Ireland from November 2011 to October 2012. During this time During Roberta’s Presidency, Council established the scheme of delegation which formalised the existence of the Pharmacy Forum NI completing the separation of the regulation and leadership functions of the Pharmaceutical Society NI.

Roberta is currently the Pharmacy Lead in Mid-Ulster Integrated Care Partnership in the Northern Trust and represents the Pharmacy Forum NI on the Health Plus Alliance.



Catherine Devlin  – Representative Board Member  Guild of Hospital Pharmacists

Catherine studied Pharmacy at Queens University, Belfast, graduating in 1997. She also holds a postgrad diploma in Clinical Community Pharmacy and MSc in Interprofessional Health and Social Care Management, as well as a project management qualification (PRINCE2 Foundation level).

After graduating, Catherine completed her pre-registration year with Boots the Chemist, and remained with the company in various roles, from relief pharmacist to store manager, until 2003. She then moved to the NHS, taking up a position as clinical pharmacist in the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 2007, she was appointed as Interface Pharmacist for Specialist Medicines, based in the Royal Group of Hospitals. Over the last number of years, Catherine has undertaken secondments to various IT related projects, including a role as a project manager for the rollout of the pharmacy stock control system used in all hospitals in NI.

Since joining the hospital service, Catherine has been a member of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and has represented GHP NI on the Pharmacy Forum NI Board since July 2013. She is also a Member of Policy and Practice committee since April 2015.



David McCrea – Representative Board Member – Community Pharmacy NI

David graduated from Cardiff in 1990. He completed his pre-reg. training in community pharmacy in Bristol, then worked for multiples and independents in Bristol and then as a locum in Edinburgh.

David moved back home to Belfast in 1995 and started working with his father in Dundela Pharmacy, which he now runs. In recent years David has become more politically active, and in 2011 was elected onto the Board of CPNI. In 2013 he was nominated as the CPNI representative on the Pharmacy Forum NI Board.


Peter Wright

Peter Wright – Representative Board Member

Peter Wright’s Pharmacy career began as a medical representative with the welcome foundation before opening the Four Winds pharmacy in 1986. Since then he has been a UCA executive member since 1992 and has served the organization as president on two occasions. He is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the Ulster Chemists Association and continues to work as a locum community pharmacist.


Dr. Kathy Burnett – Co-opted Board Member

Kathryn Burnett graduated from Queens University of Belfast with a first class honours degree in 1985. She completed her pre-registration year with Boots the Chemists and worked for them for five years before leaving full-time employment to focus on raising a family. In 1994 she began working within the United Hospitals Trust and in 2000 completed her PhD looking at the value of hospital-based pharmaceutical audit. During this time Kathryn also had a brief spell as a temporary audit facilitator for the PSNI. She remained employed within the Trust for a further eight years, completing her Advanced Diploma in Management Practice in 2005. In 2008 Kathryn became a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Ulster, completing her Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education Practice in 2011, and was heavily involved in establishing the new MPharm programme at Coleraine as Course Director.

Kathryn was a member of the PSNI Education Committee from 2009 until 2013. In 2014 Kathryn was co-opted onto the Pharmacy Forum NI and this position was extended in June 2015 for a further year. In 2014 Kathryn became Chair of the Pharmacy Forum NI Education and Training Committee, being re-elected to this position in June 2015.



Harry Harron – Advisor to the Board 



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